Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
Grace and Peace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In a Fortune interview, Google co-founder Larry Page discussed his company’s early days: “You have this fear of failing and of doing something new, which is very natural. In order to do stuff that matters, you need to overcome that.”
Our lives are filled with “stuff that matters”: children, spouses, and careers. Mr. Page tutors us to get over our fears of failing and doing new things, because if we don’t we will never do the stuff that matters. The co-founder of Google was not the first to teach overcoming our fears. The writer of Hebrews called his congregation and audience to look to the examples of our faith (Abraham, Moses, Deborah, Rahab, etc) in order to overcome their fears and follow God’s call. The appeal to our spiritual ancestors provides a template and model for our faith.
For the month of February, I am inviting you, the church, to “Tithe One On.” Try tithing for one month as a faithful response to God. This may seem daunting, challenging and downright impossible. Registered nurse and motivational speaker, Donna Cardillo encourages us to not fight the fear of a new challenge, but to acknowledge it. When we stretch ourselves, fear will automatically be part of the equation because we will be stepping out of our comfort zones.
One church member commented on the trial tithe:
“A trial tithing experience is a wonderful way to test the waters, while opening one’s life to so many blessings. Amazingly—and I truly mean this—amazingly, there was always enough. It did make me more aware of how I was spending. I acknowledged that I was spending more frivolously than I had thought and reined in some of that to be able to meet the tithe.”
“Tithing One On” will require a change in our spending habits. Many of us have kept food logs, exercise logs and emotional logs. Maybe it’s time for a spending log, or better yet, a God log. The God log will call our attention to the many ways God has blessed us with material resources and how we utilize those material resources. Bless God after each log entry, even if it is for an unexpected expense. And bless God when you give your first tithe.
So church…Let’s tithe one on in February!
Rev. Joseph A. Johnson